Playing Rough With Women and Words

Grind for August 24th
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The Headline

San Francisco rebrands identification for “convicted felons”

The Grind

If you’ve been following the antics on college campuses and within far left sanctuary cities like San Francisco, then you’ve seen this game played out before where progressive academics and politicians attempt to play semantics with the English language.

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors have decided to give their crime-ridden city a verbal “make over” much like putting a fresh coat of paint over rotted wood, by sanitizing language regarding serious criminals who’ve broken the law.

The Details

Scrubbing words such as “felon, offender” and “addict” with a more politically correct term like “justice-involved person,” rather then the more definitive “convicted felon.”

The danger with playing word-games by attempting to change the true meaning can have dire unintended consequences, for example “justice-involved person,” is such an ambiguous term, that it can mean anything, regarding a legal issue, misdemeanor or worse.

Ironically the city of San Francisco is currently experiencing a crime-wave reeling from one of the highest crime rates within the entire country, in part because of the exploding homeless crisis. Yet local politicians are ignoring the facts by attempting to masquerade words in favor political correctness.

The More You Know

The Headline

Women Still Facing Sports Injury Gender Disparities

The Grind

Sports injuries, especially concussions, are a hot topic in professional and collegiate sports these days. Most of the attention is on male athletes, especially football players.

The possibility of serious brain damage resulting from helmet hits to the head has led to changes in the way the game is played, as well as a heightened emphasis in sports medicine on treating concussive injuries.

But the new emphasis, while welcome, is also heavily skewed. Female athletes, it turns out, are far more susceptible to severe head injuries, including concussions, than men are.

The Details

In a study conducted at Columbia University in 2017, the male concussion rate for all athletic sports was found to be at 14%. However, the female rate was 23%, about 60% higher.

This finding, while shocking to some, is hardly new. In fact, there has been almost decade of solid research documenting this same disparity, yet the field of sports medicine has yet to catch up.

In part, the problem is due to the lesser stature of female sports relative to male sports.

Historically, there’s been more money and media attention invested in male sports activities, and therefore, more concern over highly- prized male athletes whose performance and health status can make or break a professional sports team or college sports program.

But there’s also a deep-seated gender bias that persists even as female sports and their athletes become increasingly prominent.

Women’s sports is still viewed as lighter and less intensely competitive than male sports, and therefore, the assumption persists that injuries, at least severe injuries, are much less likely to occur.

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